Dear friends,

This Shabbat, September 30th and October 1st, is the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, known as “Shabbos Shuvah” – a Shabbat of Repentance, or as Rebbe insisted on the translation: a Shabbat of Return.

Shabbat Dinner Sep 30th will be with Hillel at 8pm (7pm Prayers) in CC Room 375. This may seem confusing to those of you getting accustomed to our unique alternating schedule. Wasn’t last weekend a Hillel Friday Night? Yes, but since Shabbos House is doing the next 2 weekends due to Fall Break and Sukkot, Hillel is doing this week and last. It usually simply alternates but there are some calendar quirks so best to check the schedules in the fine print on back of the Shabbos House card (or emails like this) to be sure where to go to Shabbat Dinner.

We are hosting our small local girls High School for Shabbat, Bassie and Bluma’s classmates. And we will have a small light Oneg here after Shabbat Dinner for those who are coming by this way.

This week we read the shortest Torah portion of the year! When Vayelech is read alone (as it is this year) it is only 30 verses! We’re looking forward to Sam Gross doing this reading. Minyan will be 10:30am, lunch follows at 12:30pm. It is customary for rabbis to give an extra long speech on this Shabbat (between RH and YK) but instead we like to do a composite speech of student sharing over Shabbat lunch. Maybe we’ll ask students to share fitting and meaningful Hurricane lessons and analogies being that Ian in Florida was the big news this week and the full scope of the widespread devastation is yet unknown. We’ll do quick Mincha and Women’s Wisdom right after lunch.

Sat Night Pizza & Havdalah will be 8:45pm, hopefully with next installment of Matt’s Media Messages. Sunday Minyan Brunch at 11am.

Monday night (aside for Kosher-on-Fuller dinner 630-8pm) we’re having Girls-Night-IN at Shabbos House making colorful Tutu skirts for Simchat Torah fun, while Guys will do a Guys-Night-Out going bowling with Mendel. Both will start/head-out at 8pm from Shabbos House.

Nice new custom kippas arrived today at Shabbos House, will be part of a group of special custom souvenirs at the “Herman’s Sukkah” dedication ceremony event on Thursday October 13th, 7:30pm. More details coming soon… Save that date!

Yom Kippur is Tuesday night Oct 4th into Wednesday Oct 5th. Pre-fast meal at Shabbos House (come by anytime between 4-5:30pm), both evening and daytime prayer services and Hillel’s break-fast will be in the Campus Center 375. See more info on Yom Kippur (as well as Sukkot and Simchat Torah holidays that follow) at: 

We’re building the Sukkah along with a BBQ this coming Thursday (the day after Yom Kippur) 3:30-7:30pm.

Note about next Shabbat and first 2 days of Sukkot. It will be Fall Break and many will be away, but we are here and open, hosting Shabbat and the Sukkot holiday meals for those up here. Those smaller times together have their own special charm.

STILL LOOKING FOR HOLIDAY LETTERS? we did a few batches of said letters. If you still need it, please email and put “Holiday Letter” in subject line.

UNDER THE WEATHER? Seems some students are or have been. Please reach out! We’re happy to bring by some soup, tea-bags, honey, something you need, happy to help in some small way.

AHEAD TO NOV 4-5: It feels like an eternity away, but registration now opened to join Mendel and Raizy on an (almost annual) Shabbaton Getaway trip to Brooklyn, with hundreds, or even thousands of fellow college students from campuses across America and beyond. It’s the Chabad on Campus “Pegisha” Weekend, and if you’d like to join us sign up at and choose the UAlbany group. If you have questions or want to know more, please speak to us about this special weekend to meet, experience and connect and also bond with our own UAlbany group on a Shabbat away.

We’ll probably do one more email just before Rosh Hashanah, but it’s already the time with one another: Ksiva vaChasima Tova, Shana Tova uMetukah, may you and yours be inscribed for a good new happy healthy year, a good sweet year!

Mendel and Raizy